Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan


  • Richard N. Manning
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_251-1



The prima facie ethical problems surrounding the cultural practice of luxury dining are obvious enough. A market for great luxury implies great wealth disparity and is essentially classist. The fact of luxury dining entails that some significant measure of the wealth of the better off is used for their own optional enjoyments instead of for the benefit of the needy. Luxury dining typically involves the extraordinary use of animals, for arguably frivolous human pleasures. It can also involve uses of land and energy resources that are inefficient, unjust, and unsustainable. Luxury dining arguably involves a very inefficient use of human capital as well, consuming countless labor hours that might be better spent helping to solve real problems, in order to tantalize a lucky few. In a world in which human malnutrition and poverty are widespread, enormous wealth is concentrated among...


Cultural Practice Grand Hotel Suffrage Movement French Cuisine Restaurant Dine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA